The EUR rose to session highs against the Dollar yesterday as U.S. stocks extended gains and commodity prices firmed. The 16 nation currency hit 1.4612 against the Dollar, a fresh 2009 high. The EUR was broadly unchanged versus the CHF yesterday, and closed its trading session at around the 1.5140 level.
The EUR was affected by the global stock market rally and the bearish Dollar. The U.S. stock market rally led investors to buy-back into the EUR, as they looked for returns on buying commodity-linked and higher-yielding currencies in Thursday's trading.
The Pound Sterling was actually the biggest mover amongst the majors, propelled higher by optimism about the UK economy and financial sector, and helped by a general move into riskier assets. Britain left Interest Rates at a record low of 0.50%, as it tries to get credit flowing again to strengthen an economy that may return to growth this quarter. Some reports show the outlook is brightening for Britain as Manufacturing Production rose 0.9pc in July in comparison to June. This was the biggest increase since January 2008.
Looking ahead to today, the most important economic indicator scheduled to be released from Britain is the PPI Input at 8:30 GMT. Analysts are forecasting this figure to increase from its previous reading. Traders will be paying close attention to today's announcement as a better than expected result may continue to boost the GBP in the short-term.